HOLLYWOOD ‘s Canadian-Armenian Star Garen Boyajian has won top honors at the 2008 Monaco International Film Festivl, hailed as one of Europe’s premiere film festivals.
Boyajian received the prestigious “Best Actor Award” for his leading role in the film, Cross Road, Making him the first Armenian to win an award at the Monaco International Film Festival.
Cross Road follows the challenges faced by a teenage Syrian boy (played by Boyajian) when he falls in love with an American girl in post-9/11 America.
The Festival, having recently concluded on December 7, screens productions from around the world, with upwards of 20 awards distributed.
Best known for his portrayal of Ed on the multiple award-winning Canadian television series Radio Free Roscoe, it is Boyajian%u218s compelling performance as young Arshile Gorky in Atom Egoyan’s award-winning Ararat that he will always be remembered for within the Armenian community.
Focused and determined, Boyajian credits his traditional Armenian upbringing for his level-headedness.
"Armenia’s as a community have always had a high level of expectation from themselves. From a young age when I attended Armenian schools, my teachers would expect ‘s actually demand ‘s the highest standards in whatever it was we were doing. It’s there were I first developed my work ethic.” He said.
Raised in the tight-knit Toronto Armenian community, Boyajian built quite a name for himself in the Canadian TV/Film industry before recently moving to Los Angeles where he is now one of Hollywood’s hottest young rising stars.
"I feel incredibly fortunate to be so warmly accepted by not only Hollywood but the Armenian community and organizations in Los Angeles," Boyajian said, adding that he has always believed in volunteering to Armenian causes and has been a longtime contributor to the All-Armenia Fund telethon, which he appeared on as a guest this year.
"When I feel homesick, I always know I have a home-away-from-home;Glendale!" he said, smiling.
In addition to his Best Actor Award, Garen shared the award for Best Ensemble Cast with his fellow Cross Road cast members.
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